The New Buffalo High School Student Senate-sponsored Empty Bowls Dinner has been postponed from Friday, Feb. 1, to 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, due to a weather-related no-school day.

For a suggested donation of $10 Empty Bowls diners can select a ceramic bowl made by a New Buffalo High School student along with a meal of soup or chili with crackers, a beverage, and dessert. All proceeds raised will stay in the local Harbor Country community and benefit the Blessings in a Backpack program.  

For more information, please contact: Tina Keller at tkeller@nbas.org or (269) 469-6046; or Beth Scoggin at bscoggin@nbas.org or (269) 469-6045.

Celebration of 1979 River Valley Champs rescheduled for Feb. 22

Forty years ago (1979) was a special year for River Valley basketball as the Mustangs brought home the Boys Class C State championship. With no starter over 6-foot, 1-inch the team, led by Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Schaffer, relied on superior teamwork and smart play, drawing praise as the best team in the tourney, regardless of class.

That special 1979 State Championship team will be recognized on Friday, Feb. 22, between JV and varsity games when the Mustangs host Countryside Academy.

Players from the team, Coach Jerry Schaffer, and other special guests are expected to attend. Basketball fans from near and far are encouraged to attend and meet and greet the team that won it all in the Jerry Schaffer Gymnasium. The junior varidsty game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., followed by the 40th anniversary ceremony and then the varsity contest.

Following the varsity contest, fans are encouraged to head to the cafeteria for a social time with each other, the 1979 Mustangs, and the current Mustang team. The wall between the cafeteria and the auditorium will be open, and the only known video of the 1979 State Finals game will be shown on the big screen. Photography is encouraged, and autographs are free.

A sign-up sheet will be in the hallway near the Boys Basketball showcase, allowing fans to order a copy of a disc that includes the State Finals game video,  a digital scrapbook from the 1979 season, and an audio recording of Coach Schaffer talking about the tournament run. Orders will be processed in April, and can be picked up at the school office after May 1. A $10 donation to the basketball boosters will be accepted in the office at time of disc pickup.

Bridgman Kindergarten, Progressive 5's enrollment

Enrollment packets for the 2019-2020 Kindergarten and Progressive 5’s program will be available the week of Feb. 18-22 during school hours at the Bridgman Elementary School office. An evening enrollment will also be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All new Kindergarten/Pro-5 students will be readiness screened in March 2019. Sign up for a screening date and time when picking up a packet.

Students need to be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2019, to qualify for either Progressive 5’s or Kindergarten. The student must live within the Bridgman School District. Enrollment packets may be picked up and returned during this week. This will allow us to place your student on the class lists.

Parents will need to bring the following information in order to enroll their child: child’s certified Birth Certificate (courthouse issued); proof of residency (deed, building permit, rental agreement, tax statement, voter registration card); proof of hearing/vision screening (if screened since their 3rd birthday); child’s up-to-date Immunization Card; custody papers, if applicable.

Parents unable to attend the registration should contact the school office at (269) 466-0241.  

A Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) FREE preschool for 4-year olds will be held at Immanuel Lutheran School. Contact them at (269) 465-6031 Ext.109 with any questions.

Maple syrup at the farm

Explore the wonders of turning sap from sugar maple trees into sweet maple syrup with Dan Dale of Covenant Farm during a Chikaming Open Lands event scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2.

Covenant Farm is one of COL's protected properties in Chikaming Township.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 (event location and parking information will given to participants via email). Contact COL at (269) 405-1006 or via email at cstruecker@ chikamingopenlands.org.

‘Palabras Luminosas’

A free theatrical performance of “Palabras Luminosas” (Latino Folk Stories on Stage) by Magical Rain Theatreworks will be presented at 1:30 p.m. March 2 in the Bridgman Schools Performing Arts Center, 9964 Gast Road.

Palabras Luminosas (Luminous words) is a collection of myths and stories from around the Americas. Hear the worlds’s shortest ghost story, see a dance demonstration of the giant masks used in Costa Rican festivals, and much more. Free tickets for the all ages show are available at the Bridgman Library and Bridgman Public Schools. This program made possible by a grant from the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.

Minecraft at Bridgman Library

Minecraft will be celebrated from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb, 22, at the Bridgman Library. 

Bring your own electronic device and Minecraft game to play against each other and compete in building contests.  Pizza will be served.  Please register by Feb.19 at www.Bridgmanlibrary.com. For more contact Youth Services Librarian Eden at (269) 465-3663.

Paquette office open

State Rep. Brad Paquette has announced his legislative office is open and ready to serve residents of the 78th House District.

People can contact Rep. Paquette by calling (517) 373-1796 or by emailing bradpaquette@house.mi.gov. Correspondence can also be mailed to N-1097 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.

Constituents can view updates from Rep. Paquette or subscribe to his news updates by visiting www.RepPaquette.com.

Rep. Paquette was elected to serve the 78th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2018. The 78th District encompasses portions of Berrien and Cass counties, including the cities of Buchanan, New Buffalo and Niles and the townships of Baroda, Berrien, Bertrand, Buchanan, Chikaming, Galien, Howard, Milton, New Buffalo, Niles, Ontwa, Oronoko, Pipestone, Silver Creek, Sodus, Three Oaks, and Weesaw.

Acorn Shows

“A Man And His Prostate” with legendary actor Ed Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Up,” “Roots” and much more) will be presented at 8 p.m. March 9, at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks.

Based on a true-life experience, a man discovers his inner self in more ways than one. A near tragedy is masterfully transformed by  writer and creator Ed Weinberger, into a one-man comedy, perfectly portrayed by Asner in his hilarious visit to the hospital in preparation for surgery he doesn’t want.

Tickets include a post show Meet & Greet with Ed!

At 8 p.m. April 19 comedy legends The Second City will present IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME, THE SECOND CITY at the Acorn. They’re sending up break-ups and make-ups ... and taking on everything that’s complicated about relationships.

Limited Post Show Meet & Greet Tickets are available.

The following shows also are scheduled to take place at the Acorn Theater: An Open Mic Night with jots band The Toona’s at 8 p.m. Feb. 23; Magic Dick and Shun Ng at 8 p.m. March 2.

Tickets are available to win the following prizes:

1. A guitar signed by Marshall Crenshaw;

2. A guitar signed by members of The Smithereens.

Both prizes are Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitars by Fender in a rich Brown Starburst.

Single tickets are $10 or buy three for $25. Net proceeds go to benefit The Acorn in its endeavors to offer high quality, diverse entertainment. Winning ticket will be drawn at The Smithereens concert on March 15.
Winner need not be present.

For more, call (269) 756-3879 or go to www.acorntheater.com.

Maple Sugar Time

The annual Maple Sugar Time Demonstration Returns to Friendship Botanic Gardens in Michigan City, Ind., from noon to 3 p.m. (Central Time) Sunday, Feb. 24.

Visitors can walk through old-growth woodland trails before stopping by the maple sugaring station to learn how the early inhabitants of North America produced maple syrup. This event is very dependent on weather conditions. Please check www.friendshipgardens.org or call (219) 878-9885.

Teen Story Writing Contest

The theme for this year’s Bridgman Public Library Teen Story Writing Contest is “Love.” The contest is open to students in grades 7-12 residing in Bridgman, Lake, and Chikaming Townships.

A complete list of rules can be found on the “Teens” page at www.bridgmanlibrary.com

Entrants are able to request a private review session to hone their work. Submissions will be accepted through Feb 28. First place - $300, 2nd place - $200, 3rd place - $100. Prizes provided by the Friends of Bridgman Public Library.  Winners announced March 8 on the Bridgman Library website.

Skating Parties

Saturday Evening Skating Parties (weather permitting) are planned at the Chikaming Township ice skating rink in Harbert Community Park, 13535 Red Arrow Highway, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 23.

Parties will include an evening of skating and snacks. All are welcome and encouraged to attend during the winter months.

You can enjoy the ice rink free of charge any night of the week, ice rink conditions permitting, until the park closes at 10:30 p.m. The lights will be turned on every night.

Visit the “Chikaming Ice Rink” Facebook page to find out daily if the rink is open.

Stewardship days at Warren Dunes

DNR Stewardship workdays at Warren Dunes State Park, to remove invasive plants, are scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24.

Volunteers will meet at the picnic area south of the campground. Enter at the main park entrance and turn right on the road to the campground, just past the entrance booths. Travel past the park headquarters towards the campground; the picnic area will be on the left. If a workday must be canceled due to inclement weather, or for any other reason, a voice mail message will be posted at (269) 921-0232 at least two hours before the scheduled workday start time.

Hikers plan icy trek

Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) are planning a February trip to the New Buffalo beach at 6:15 p.m. for a 6:35 p.m. sunset on Wednesday, Feb. 27, to hopefully see some ice formations and a beautiful sunset.

HCH leaders Janet Schrader (AKA the Sand Pirate) and Pat Fisher will explain the origins of Lake Michigan ice formations and tales of woe and wonder from their trips along the shoreline. Weather permitting, some ice wonders can be viewed up close followed by a spectacular sunset. The group will gather in the New Buffalo Beach parking lot, 200 Marquette Dr., There will be an easy, short walk but the ice, cold and wind could add to the difficulty. For further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

Living History Series offered

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is excited to introduce a 3-part Living History Series with Terry Lynch. The first of these kicks off on Wednesday, February 20, at 601 Main Street, St. Joseph. This series will bring to life three figures in our national history: Alexander Hamilton, Magistrate John Hathorne in mid-17th century Salem, Massachusetts, and Charles Dickens, each an entertaining evening of history brought to life.

Nationally known actor, Terry Lynch specializes in historical portrayal to meet the needs of the young at heart who are never too old to learn something new about history’s most interesting, inspirational figures. The schedule follows:

• Living History Series Part 1 with Terry Lynch — Alexander Hamilton, The American Rags to Riches Story. Wednesday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m. Alexander Hamilton was born in the Caribbean and abandoned as a child. How did these humble beginnings plant the seeds of opportunity for this founding father? Ironically, he, in turn, created opportunities for others by helping to create a government he could never as President.

• Living History Series Part 2 with Terry Lynch — Hysteria in Salem with Judge John Hathorne. Wednesday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. Magistrate John Hathorne recounts the hysteria, paranoia, and resulting trials that took place during the mid 17th century in Salem, Massachusetts.

• Living History Series Part 3 with Terry Lynch — Charles Dickens, A Tale with a Twist! Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. A staple to any reading list, Charles Dickens’ writing has become a part of our everyday language. Just ask anyone who has ever been called a “Scrooge!” In this program, Dickens reflects on his life and discusses some of his best-loved works.

Suggested $5 Donation at the door.

Genius Night

A Genius Night session featuring local and area literary, performance, and visual artists sharing their unique talents before an audience is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at Elsie Earl Studios; 200 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo.

Cost is $5. For more, go to ElsieEarlStudios.com.

Humane Society seeks volunteers

The Michiana Humane Society (MHS) is accepting applications for volunteers to help at the shelter and at events for the 2019 season. Volunteers play a major role in the function of the shelter, by cleaning kennels and blankets, socializing with the animals, and helping with registration and other activities during events.

Volunteering at MHS can also count towards hours for students and others who need to fulfill a certain amount community service. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age and beyond, and are asked to volunteer in one to two hour shifts when convenient to them.

If you have a love of animals and believe in MHS’s mission of finding permanent homes for the shelter animals, sign up to volunteer at Michiana Humane Society. You can apply in person at  at 722 Indiana Highway 212 in Michigan City, visit  www.michianahumanesociety.org and fill out an application online, or call (219) 872-4499.

Brian Swiger Scholarship

The Twin City Players (TCP) has announced that application forms for the 2019 Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship are available online.

The Twin City Players established the Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship in 1996 in memory of former member Brian Swiger. Scholarships of up to $1,000 are earmarked for seniors graduating from Berrien County high schools who have demonstrated a strong interest in theater-related activities during their academic careers. Winners, however, can use the award money to pursue any field of study at any accredited college, university, trade school or arts education institution.

Applications are available at twincityplayers.org or by calling Twin City Players at 269-429-0400 to request an application. Students at Berrien County high schools can also contact their counselors to learn more. Mail applications to Twin City Players, P.O. Box 243, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085, or hand deliver to the TCP Playhouse at 600 W. Glenlord Road in St. Joseph. Applications must be received no later than March 31, 2019. The scholarship is awarded based upon school and community activities, TCP involvement, grade point average of 2.5 or better and a short essay. The recipient(s) are announced in late May.

Three Oaks Winter Reading

The Three Oaks Township Public Library has issued a “Winter Reading Advisory” reading program through Feb. 28.

Adults can sign up in the library and receive a winter mug — perfect to enjoy a cup of tea while you read a good book. Read one book each week and receive a weekly prize and an entry into the grand prize drawing for a new Kindle Fire. Drawing will be held on March 1. Warm up your winter with a good book!

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